|Greetings from Ms. DanL!|
Umm, your name is Danielle, why are you spelling it "DanL?"
Let me take you on an adventure my darlings, to the merry land of 1/2 day Head Start where I first met the child who would change my understanding of & approach to teaching. His name is Julian and he was what some might call a "challenging child." I would be so bold as to call him something else -- a child. With some special rights within the educational system that his mother would later feel empowered (!!!) to demand were met.
But I digress.
There we were, getting ready for snack and Julian turns to me and says, "Uhhhhhhh, Ms. DanL?" I wish I could remember exactly what his query was but does it matter? I had earned my nickname. It's been with me since then and the memory of that child and his unique temperament and learning style are a part of the memory.
Each child is different -- though competent and capable to explore the world surrounding them. Our job as teachers is to build a strong foundation of social emotional security and mental health that allows children to do this very important work, or what others might call play.
I view myself as an early childhood warrior whose purpose is to support teachers & parents in their very important work of supporting children to reach developmental milestones in early childhood settings. And beyond. I have discovered how much I love supporting teachers & am eager to continue offering professional development to support them.